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Celebrate with the Music of the Holidays!

With only another week or so until Christmas, there are many ways to celebrate the season in downtown Los Angeles. Take the Metro Red Line from Hollywood to Downtown to attend the following holiday events in the upcoming week!

Music Center Holiday Sing-Along, December 21

Come out to the Music Center for a unique holiday celebration! You can rejoice in the most wonderful time of the year by singing along to holiday favorites. There will be twinkling lights in The Music Center Plaza and live musical accompaniment. Lyric sheets will be provided to all attendees. No experience is necessary, so come prepared to sing! The event is completely free but tickets are required and distributed on the day of the event. Seating is limited so this event is first come first served. Some of the songs that will be sung include “Baby, it’s Cold Outside,” “Carol of the Bells,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The show starts at 6:30pm, and tickets will be given out beginning at 6pm. For more information on this event, click here or call 213-972-3660.

Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, December 24

Enjoy even more seasonal music and dance at the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration on Christmas Eve at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.Bands, choirs and dance will represent the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of Los Angeles. Highlights this year include Invertigo Dance Theatre, Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, Las Cafeteras, Pacifico Dance Company and many more. The free three hour extravaganza will start at 3pm. Pre-show activities begin at noon. Doors open at 2:30pm. No reservations or tickets are necessary.  Parking is free or you can take the Metro. If you can’t make the live performance, you can watch it live on KCET from 3-6pm and again from 8-11pm.

If you are wondering where to stay in Hollywood CA for the holidays, The Hollywood Hotel is an excellent choice with its central location in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Visit our site today to see all the amenities we offer and to book a room!

Come see the Hollywood Christmas Parade!

Are you spending Thanksgiving in hotels near Hollywood Blvd.? If so, be sure to check out the Hollywood Christmas ParadeHollywood Christmas Parade traveling along Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard this weekend! Hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, come celebrate the 81st Anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade!

The parade starts at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange, traveling east to Vine St. south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset back to Orange.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Joe Mantegna, American actor, producer, writer director and voice actor best known for the TV series “Criminal Minds.” Parade co-host Laura McKenzie is a television travel expert known nationally. She has won several Telly Awards, Davie Awards and more. She co-hosted “American Adventurer” for 10 years with parade co-host Erik Estrada. He starred as Officer Frank Poncherello in the television series “CHiPs”. He is a great supporter of police officers as a sworn deputy in Virginia.

Some of the float hosts in this year’s parade include Coca-Cola, City Sights L.A., Wells Fargo and the U.S. Air Force. Coca-Cola will sponsor Santa’s float in to inspire us to carry out small but valuable actions to improve the world. The Wells Fargo Stagecoach is a symbol of American spirit at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Express trains in the last century unofficially made Wells Fargo “the Modern Santa Claus” by sending presents to good boys and girls. The U.S. Air Force F-22 and F-16 mini-jets will also be part of the parade to benefit children with down syndrome, cancer, autism, diabetes and other disabilities.

You can view the parade in comfort from reserved grandstand seating. Grandstand seats are located on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard at the start of the parade. Santa’s favorite package includes one Grandstand ticket, one ticket to Madam Tussand’s Hollywood, a meal at Hard Rock Café Hollywood and one ticket to Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Hollywood for $97 per ticket. A standard Grandstand seat is $35 per ticket. For tickets call 1-866-PARADE1.

For more information on the parade, visit Join us and welcome in the holiday season this weekend!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Universal Studios

If you’re bringing the fUniversal Studios Grinchmasamily to Los Angeles for the holidays, Universal Studios Hollywood is a must visit. Instead of Santa and the elves, the Grinch and his Who-ville take over Universal Studios. The occasion is Grinchmas, an event that occurs December 10-11 and daily from December 17 until January 1. The park will also open early from December 25 to January 1 (at 8am).

Grinchmas Winter W<onderland covers Universal Studios with blankets of real snow refreshed daily. Kids can make their very own snowmen! The Whos will also carol in the Backlot, and you’re invited to sign along!  Every night of Grinchmas, celebrities such as Jeffrey Tambor, Dot Marie Jones and Florence Henderson read Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Afterwards, the Grinchmas Tree is lit to spread the un-holiday spirit. Kids can also have their photo taken with The Grinch and Max! The Studio tour will also visit original sets from the movie “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” where characters will reenact scenes. Universal Studios is offering a special for Grinchmas season: buy one day for $77 and get a season pass for 2012 for free! Or if you’re interested in staying for a weekend, you can get a $75 ticket for 2 Days at Universal Studios.

Universal CityWalk will also be decked out with a 40 foot Christmas tree to celebrate the holidays. You can take photos with Rockin’ Santa and experience an all new light show on the brand new 5 Towers stage while finishing last minute shopping. The show occurs every 20 minutes from 6pm to 10pm.  Restaurants and live entertainment such as DJ Dance Parities will also be available for a night of fun! The special Chanukah Celebration will occur December 20 from 6pm to 9pm. As always, live music will play all weekend, ranging from a capella to Latin, pop and rock and much more.

The Hollywood Hotel offers a free shuttle to Universal Studios as well as specials on park tickets. Hope you have a great holiday season in Los Angeles!

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